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Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood

552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
+1 415-398-3181
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“sand dabs” (145 reviews)
“cioppino” (620 reviews)
“seafood” (469 reviews)
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Italian, Seafood, Soups, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
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Reviewed yesterday

Their menu says it all, "The Best Damn Crab Cippino." 100% true and perfect for two people. Get there early, or go there late, or be prepared to wait. But totally worth it.

Thank vietti
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Great crab and seafood Linguine! Drinks are very reasonably priced!Very busy and can get a bit cramped! Service could be better!

Thank Docmark00
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were told about this place by a friend who's a local. Glad we had the crab cioppino and halibut. Sat downstairs where it was a little cooler. Upstairs was super hot from kitchen. We were party of four so called in advance and made...More

Thank Darla L
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Ciciopino was fantastic. Reservations are a must and they won't seat you unless everyone is there. Be early and be there. It is a small, noisy restaurant. Be prepared. Wear something you won't mind getting food stains on. Of course, that might just be...More

Thank THSHong
Reviewed 3 days ago

I’m drooling as I write this review… My husband and I had dinner here last March. We didn’t make any reservation because we were on a day tour and didn’t know what time we’d be back. When we got to the restaurant at 7:20 PM,...More

Thank AvgMom2Travel
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Incredible Crab Cioppini. We are here a couple of weeks back only two of us so no reservation but had a glass of wine in a lovely Italian wine bar across the road. We sat at the bar and shared a crab salad for starter...More

Thank Dannypot1
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a casual, unpretentious and delicious restaurant. You definitely need to make a reservation or you'll probably be in for a long wait, but it's worth it. The seafood is super fresh and prepared with great skill. You should definitely start he meal with...More

Thank NE_AK_CA
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived at 7:00 on Saturday night and calling it busy would be an understatement. We waited about an hour and 40 minutes to be seated. They don't take reservations for parties fewer than 6. Once seated it took another 15 minutes. Grand total 5 minutes...More

Thank beagles1013
Reviewed 1 week ago

My cousin and I dropped in here when we saw it was a popular place. We were told 20 minute way, but about 35-40 minutes later is when we were finally seated. We were bumped from our place by people who, "frequent the place and...More

Thank Pamnjeromy
Reviewed 1 week ago

If this isn't the No. 1 seafood restaurant in San Francisco, it should be. FABULOUS seafood, especially Sotto Mare's signature seafood "stew." Great location, great service. Reasonable prices. Top recommendation!

Thank Fred B
North Beach / Telegraph Hill
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, the sounds
of opera, and the sights of the romantic Italian
ristorante come together to create the charming
neighbourhood of North Beach, once the stomping
grounds for the Beatnik Generation. Although parts of
North Beach are known for nightlife that’s not always
suitable for younger visitors, few neighbourhoods in
the city exude as much European charm and style.
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I'm looking for some suggestions on a bar with nice atmosphere nearby this restaurant for pre-dinner drinks. A good happy hour would be a bonus but not the most essential criteria.
1 May 2017|
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Response from Darrin N | Reviewed this property |
There are several options all within walking distance of this restaurant. We ended up in a saloon that was 2 blocks last away that had some really fin blues bands playing. Once you find the restaurant, just walk around... More
Does this restaurant have a happy hour?
25 April 2017|
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Response from travel7continents | Reviewed this property |
This is a restaurant, not a bar. The food is outstanding, and mostly fish. You can order beer and wine . As far as I know there is no happy hour serving alcoholic drinks and reduced price snacks (appiteasers).
I hear that it's possible to pick up fresh (raw) seafood from Sotto Mare that can be cooked at home. Is this correct? Do you need to call ahead to reserve your fish?
5 April 2017|
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Response from Staff61 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry but I'm not sure if this can be done. Best suggestion would be to call the restaurant directly. They are very helpful and would likely address your question.......
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$20 - US$25
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 552 Green St, San Francisco, CA 94133-3920
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Neighbourhood: North Beach / Telegraph Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 415-398-3181
  • E-mail